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Airspace intrusion: Russia, SKorea fall out

Russia has dismissed claims that it apologized  to South Korea for violating its airspace on Tuesday.

The strong denial by Moscow came on Wednesday as the fall-out from an incident involving warplanes from four countries continued.

South Korea’s presidential office had earlier on Wednesday quoted a Russian official as expressing “deep regret” for Tuesday’s aerial intrusion, calling it “unintended” and saying that the incident would be investigated

It said a Russian aircraft twice violated its territorial airspace during a joint exercise with China.

But Moscow is insisting no intrusion took place.

“We have paid attention to these statements. “In this connection we can speak for ourselves that there is a lot in them which does not correspond to reality,” Interfax News Agency quoted a Russian embassy spokesman as saying.

South Korea said its fighter planes fired nearly 400 warning shots and twenty flares on Tuesday near the Russian surveillance aircraft that both it and Japan said flew near disputed islands in the Sea of Japan.

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